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‘Mindless vandalism’ at Clarendon park sees 30ft floodlights smashed

The trouble-plagued Clarendon recreational ground off Liverpool Street in Salford was once again targeted by vandals on Sunday evening.

SalfordOnline.com reader John Stamford posted images of two large floodlights that appear to have been ripped from their mountings, smashed on the pavement as they fell 30ft to the ground.



He wrote in the 18,000-member SalfordOnline.com Facebook group: “Some lowlives have knocked down two floodlights on Clarendon. You wonder why? There isn’t anything to do – two basketball pitches were wrecked years ago.”

The floodlights were installed for the whole community to use.

The Rec is open 24 hours in a highly-populated area and its main attraction is a large play area designed for young children to enjoy.

Clarendon Park/Recreation Ground ©  Google Satellite

Clarendon Park/Recreation Ground © Google Satellite

But over the past few years it has suffered from vandalism and youths reportedly dealing drugs in the park.

Stolen cars have been driven onto the football pitch and set alight while off-road bikers churn the grass up on the pitches making them unusable.

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SalfordOnline.com spoke to Councillor John Warmisham, who represents Langworthy. He said: “This is just mindless vandalism by a small minority who are hell bent on spoiling things for others.

“We have have regular patrols by both the police and local PCSO’s in an attempt to stamp this behaviour out.

“I shall be visiting the site today and making my comments made known to the relevant bodies.”

Anyone who witnesses anti-social behaviour is asked to contact their local councillor, call local police on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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